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Porchlight’s Management and Workplace Culture Book of The Year
“[A] thoroughly fascinating exploration of the long interplay between power and the technologies of communication.” —Adam Frank, NPR
Team Human is a manifesto—a fiery distillation of preeminent digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In one hundred lean and incisive statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together—not as individuals. Yet today society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Money, once a means of exchange, is now a means of exploitation; education, conceived as way to elevate the working class, has become another assembly line; and the internet has only further divided us into increasingly atomized and radicalized groups.
Team Human delivers a call to arms. If we are to resist and survive these destructive forces, we must recognize that being human is a team sport. In Rushkoff’s own words: “Being social may be the whole point.” Harnessing wide-ranging research on human evolution, biology, and psychology, Rushkoff shows that when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace. If we can find the others who understand this fundamental truth and reassert our humanity—together—we can make the world a better place to be human.
About the Author
Douglas Rushkoff is professor of media theory and digital economics at Queens/CUNY. Named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT, he hosts the Team Human podcast and has written many award-winning books, including Media Virus, Program or Be Programmed, and Present Shock. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
A searing critique.… Visionary, original, and inspirational. If you’re not already a member of Team Human, you will be once you’ve finished reading this important book. — Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct
[Rushkoff] paints our current predicament with infectious élan and energy. — Steven Poole - Wall Street Journal
A provocative, exciting, and important rallying cry. — Walter Isaacson
Team Human serves as a reminder that we do not have to surrender ourselves to technology.… Joining Team Human means prioritizing the social, transcending a digital inclination and connecting as humans.
— Chris Yogerst - Washington Post
An intellectual history of the technologies (including social technologies) of the past millennium or two and an effective rallying cry for humanity at a time when many of us have rightly become far too cynical to stomach most rallying cries on most topics. — Greg Epstein - TechCrunch
A vivid thinker, Douglas Rushkoff is an insightful and acerbic antidote to Facebook, cultural hegemony, and the corporatization of everything. — Seth Godin, bestselling author of Linchpin and The Dip
Original and uplifting. Just the book America needs right now. — Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and Daring Democracy
In Team Human, the always-brilliant Douglas Rushkoff reminds us that the tools we design design us in turn, and offers a vision to invert our tools and make them better.
— Jason Silva, host of National Geographic’s Brain Games
Douglas Rushkoff is the gold standard. He always knows what tech is up to—and he’s usually prophetic. Now he’s here to tell us how our Silicon masters are attempting to pit us against one another for their own gain. Go Team Human. — Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out and Up in the Air
Can the revolution start already? This book will help us. Thank God for Douglas Rushkoff. — Parker Posey